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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1855/54 50C Arrows (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64


PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6282
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
759,500
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$17,825 • PCGS MS65 • 8-18-2011 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 400 R-6.2 1 / 6 21 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 18 R-9.2 2 / 6 24 / 126
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 2 / 6 18 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2001:7800 - Bill Nagle, sold privately in 10/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98494, $21,150

2 MS65 PCGS grade  

Steve Ivy 8/1980:2263 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:149 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1169, $13,800 - Heritage 1/2007:982, $17,250 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7363, $17,825

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7049, $6,900 - Heritage 4/2014:4405, $4,846.88

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98493, $9,987.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2001:7800 - Bill Nagle, sold privately in 10/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98494, $21,150

2 MS65 PCGS grade  

Steve Ivy 8/1980:2263 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:149 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1169, $13,800 - Heritage 1/2007:982, $17,250 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7363, $17,825

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7049, $6,900 - Heritage 4/2014:4405, $4,846.88

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98493, $9,987.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 estimated grade  

Heritage 11/2006:828, $6,325 - Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4150, $5,581.25 - Heritage 4/2014:5602, $14,100 - Heritage 10/2014:4766, $12,337.50

7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS63 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: This variety is an overdate that shows traces of an 854 beneath the final 1855 date.  The arrows at each side of the date were placed there to signify a reduction of the weight of the coins in 1853.  The arrows served as a quick identifier so that the old, higher weight coins could be removed from circulation quickly.

The overdate is roughly two to three times as rare as the "normal" date.  Numerous circulated examples exist, but Mint State examples are scarce.  PCGS has certified nine Mint State examples (as of May 2011), the finest of which is a single MS-66. The PCGS Condition Census includes grades from MS-62 to MS-66.